Southern Gothic: Chapter Twelve
The Imp of the Perverse
Boy do we have a DOOZY for you today, folks! Welcome to Chapter Twelve of Southern Gothic : “The Imp of the Perverse.”
Before we get to our feature attraction, let’s take care of some business. First off: keep those messages coming! Y’all continue to shower us with a BOUNTY of responses and I can’t tell you how much we appreciate it. Next month will be our third installment of the Southern Gothic reader correspondence feature, The Purloined Letters. If you want a chance to have your message included in our post, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of April! As always, remember to include “Southern Gothic” in the subject and if you’re okay with your letter being featured please indicate “OKAY TO PRINT.”
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Now, please give a warm New Futurists’ welcome to this chapter’s cover artist, Vincent Cecil! Vincent is an Illustrator and Graphic Novelist who enjoys themes of vintage opulence, glamour adverts, summer memories, and thrillers nestled in the idea of persona. Currently, Vincent is working on his debut Graphic Novel/webcomic retelling of The Great Gatsby. Find him at vincentisvintage.com. Go check out Vincent’s work, follow him on social media, and maybe treat yourself to a print in his shop!
Finally, remember that Southern Gothic is a horror comic and is not suitable for all readers. Chapter twelve features depictions of blood, gore, supernatural horror, substance abuse, and physical violence. Reader discretion is advised.
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